Powell's Books has featured 12 Reasons Why I Love Her in their Review A Day series on their site. Read more through the excerpt:
"But 12 Reasons Why I Love Her takes a nuanced view of the highs and lows of romance, trading fairy tale fantasies for the peaks and valleys of a real relationship. The bittersweet, perfectly ambiguous climax allows an adult male to justify reading a "romance comic" without hiding from public view."
It's a fair review, though the Garden State comparison stings a bit, particularly as I use that movie as an object lesson of what not to do. The regular criticism of Evan is something I've thought about and tried to decide if I should take on board, but I always stick on one thing: the title has, to my mind, a clear statement as to who it's about and who the experiences are filtered through. In a way, complaining that Evan doesn't come out enough in a book about his impressions of Gwen is maybe a little like complaining we don't get enough Paul Varjak in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Paul isn't telling his own story, but the story of his interactions with Holly Golightly, and what we learn about him is gleaned from his choices of what to tell us.
Criticism about one's art or writing is like any kind of opinion in life that comes from outside you: you have to filter it in order to find what makes sense for you, otherwise you'll end up bending every which way and never knowing where you're going.
I'll actually be at Powell's on November 20 to read from my books, particularly Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?
Speaking of that book...
Al Columbia and Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?.
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